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Articles from Vol. 14, No. 3, March

40 Journals Available through Johns Hopkins' Project Muse
Project Muse, an electronic scholarly publishing venture of the Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP), has announced the achievement of a landmark goal of 40 academic journal titles available online as of January 1. The project. which is located online...
Accessing Medical Information of the Net
[Editor's Note: Information Today is pleased to introduce its newest columnist, Steve Smith, whose contributions on topics of concern to information professionals in the medical community will appear bimonthly, alternating with the Legal Line column....
Accessing Medical Information on the Net: Time-Saving Techniques You Can Use for Retrieving Valuable Medical Information
The amount of medically related information to be found on the Internet is truly staggering. It has been estimated that medicine accounts for perhaps 10 percent of the information in this "largest library in the world." In gross numeric terms, we...
ALA Applauds Pres. Clinton's Budget Request for Library Services and Technology Act
The Clinton Administration's FY98 budget released to Congress on February 6 contains $136.4 million for the new Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), according to a recent announcement from the American Library Association (ALA). Elizabeth Martinez,...
A "Push" by Any Other Name
I wrote a newsletter article some years ago lamenting some of the newly acquired "dis-" and "de-" words -- disambiguating, disintermediating, and deduplication. Despite my lament, they have become household words. Recently, it took me a little while...
Between Reality and Hope: Get Real!
The staggering, ongoing, you-ain't-seen-nothing-yet success of the Internet and its Web in creating a vast online marketplace has placed traditional information services in grave peril -- immediate peril for online search services and major online...
Big Names in Investing and Financial Services Now Operate on the Web
Schwab, John Hancock, Founders Funds, Dreyfus, and Vanguard are among seven leading firms in the financial-services sector to have recently announced the development or enhancement of Web-based operations. Professionals in this arena, whether they...
Bureau Van Dijk Introduces Internet AMADEUS Database
Bureau van Dijk (BvD), a leading European supplier of global public and private company information, has introduced an Internet version of the popular AMADEUS,database. AMADEUS contains full company financials, trade descriptions, ownership, and subsidiary...
CARL Corporation Introduces Dialog@CARL
CARL Corporation, a Knight-Ridder Information company, has announced the introduction of DIALOG@CARL, a Web-based interface to DIALOG databases. With DIALOG@CARL, information users of all kinds who have Web access can now search more than 300 DIALOG...
Derwent Announces Free Patent Seminar on STN and DIALOG
LEXIS-NEXIS has announced that it has added Domino 4.5 server and Lotus Notes 4.5 client to the array of delivery platforms used to receive its customized news and information products. "With LEXIS-NEXIS Tracker, companies using Domino 4.5 can distribute...
Disconnected: Haves and Have-Nots in the Information Age
Disconnected: Haves and Have-Nots in the Information Age by William W resch New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press 1996 Hardcover ISBN: 0-8135-2369-9 Paperback ISBN: 0-8135--2370-2 268 Pages Hardcover, $55.00 Paperback, $17.95 Who needs e-mail when...
Dow Jones Publications Library Moves to the Web
Dow Jones & Company has announced that the Publications Library from Dow Jones News/Retrieval is now available on the World Wide Web, making it the first major online research tool to be widely available on the Web. The Publications Library, can...
EBSCO Announces MCI as Telecommunications Ally, Adds Pharmaceutical Database to EBSCOhost
EBSCO Information Services, a leading provider of online database reference media, has announced that it has selected MCI, which provides integrated communications services to more than 20 million customers, as its technology ally for communications...
Ei Sets New Model for Databases
Engineering Information, Inc. (Ei) -- publisher of Ei Compendex, an interdisciplinary engineering database, and its print predecessor, Engineering Index -- has announced that it is integrating into Ei Compendex citations pointing to Web sites with...
Facts on File World News Digest Available on CD-ROM and Via EBSCOhost
Facts On File News Services has announced that its flagship subscription database, Facts On File World News Digest, is now available on CD-ROM and via EBSCO Publishing's EBSCOhost. Facts On File News Services became a division of the K-III Reference...
Facts on File World News Digest Available on CD-ROM and Vis EBSCOhost
Facts On File News Services has announced that its flagship subscription database, Facts On File World News Digest, is now available on CD-ROM and via EBSCO Publishing's EBSCOhost. Facts On File News Services became a division of the K-III Reference...
Financial Times Launches Content through Netscape's In-Box Direct
Financial Times Information, a leading supplier of financial and business information, and Netscape Communications Corp. have announced the launch of a daily news alert and briefing service through In-Box Direct. The briefings are produced by the...
Gale's Ready Reference Shelf on CD-ROM
The first librarian I worked for told me that 80 percent of the reference calls she received could be answered by the telephone book, an almanac, and a dictionary. Almost 20 years later, I might add to that list a few more reference tools, including...
Gale's Ready Reference Shelf on CD-ROM; a Quick, Searchable Guide to Information Resources at Your Fingertips
The first librarian I worked for told me that 80 percent of the reference calls she received could be answered by the telephone book, an almanac, and a dictionary. Almost 20 years later, I might add to that list a few more reference tools, including...
Hearst Releases New 1997 EEM Catalog on CD-ROM
Millstar Electronic Publishing Group has announced that Hearst Business Publishing, based in Garden City, New York, has released the 1997 edition of its Electronic Engineers Master (EEM) catalog on CD-ROM. The entire 4,500-page, six-volume set --...
IAC Launches Spanish-Language Reference Center
Information Access Company (IAC) has recently announced a Spanish-language reference product designed to enable libraries to better serve the estimated 30 million Spanish-speaking individuals in the U.S. IAC has named it Informe! and claims that it...
IBM Releases 1997 World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition
IBM Consumer Division has announced the availability of The 1997 World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition. According to the company, the double CD-ROM combines the quality content parents have grown to expect from World Book with the latest...
Infonautics Adds Business Week, Time, Inc. Magazines to Electric Library
Infonautics, Inc., a provider of online reference services and information technology products, has announced the addition of Business Week and a number of Time, Inc. titles to its Electric Library online research service (http://www.eli brary.com)....
Infonautics Partners with the Internet Company
Infonautics, Inc., a provider of online reference services and information technology products, and The Internet Company, a provider of Internet-oriented technology and consulting services, have announced the initiation of a distribution and sales...
Information Express Expands Table of Contents Service on WEb
Information Express (IE) has announced that it has added 10,000 frequently requested journal titles to its IE Online Table of Contents service. The Table of Contents service, which may be accessed on the Web at http://www.ex press.com, enables corporate...
Interactive Newseum Opens in Arlington, Virginia
The Washington, DC-area's newest museum, the Newseum, will open in April. The Newseum is a $50-million, 72,000-square-foot interactive museum of news that will take visitors behind the scenes to see and experience how and why news is made. Visitors...
ISI to Release Focus On: Molecular Medicine
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced that it has added a new edition to its Focus On line of highly targeted databases. Focus On: Molecular Medicine was released on diskette in January, and the new database, which is available...
Kodak's CD-Recordable Plant in Ireland
Eastman Kodak Company officially opened a CD-Recordable media manufacturing plant in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, on January 13. This is the first recordable CD manufacturing facility in Europe, and it proves Kodak's confidence in the growing future...
Kodak's CD-Recordable Plant in Ireland; CD-R Use Is Expected to Soar, and Kodak Plans to "Be There."
Eastman Kodak Company officially opened a CD-Recordable media manufacturing plant in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, on January 13. This is the first recordable CD manufacturing facility in Europe, and it proves Kodak's confidence in the growing future...
KR ScienceBase Version 1.4 Released
Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. (KRI) has announced the release of the next generation of KR ScienceBase, its Internet-based research tool for scientists. Version 1.4 allows researchers to order copies of original documents as well as to download...
Legal Reference System Now Available on CD-ROM
Macmillan Library Reference USA and LAWCHEK, Ltd. have announced the release of LAWCHEK, a new electronic legal information reference system on CD-ROM. Specifically designed for libraries, LAWCHEK is being distributed exclusively by Macmillan. The...
LEXIS-NEXIS Intranet Products Now Operate on Domino 4.5
LEXIS-NEXIS has announced that it has added Domino 4.5 server and Lotus Notcs 4.5 client to the array of delivery platforms used to receive its customized news and information products. "With LEXIS-NEXIS Tracker, companies using Domino 4.5 can...
Marketing, Credit Information Via Dun & Bradstreet's Desktop Solution for Windows
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) has announced that it is now providing customers with desktop access to its marketing and credit information through one PC software package. The new software, D&B Desktop Solutions for Windows, gives customers access...
Marketing, Credit Information Via Dun & Bradstreet's Desktop Solutions for Windows
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) has announced that it is now providing customers with desktop access to its marketing and credit information through one PC software package. The new software, D&B Desktop Solutions for Windows, gives customers access...
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory on Windows CD
Microboards Technology, Inc. has announced the upcoming release of CD Blaster II, a second-generation high-performance CD-Duplicator designed for both occasional and heavy-duty industrial users. According to the company, the CD Blaster II is a multiformat,...
MDL Information Systems Designs Solution for Polymer Information Management
MDL Information Systems, Inc., a supplier of scientific information management systems, has announced the release of ISIS 2.1, an enhancement of its client/server product ISIS that enables the materials science industry to establish comprehensive...
Microboards Technology Announces CD Blaster II
Microboards Technology, Inc. has announced the upcoming release of CD Blaster II, a second-generation high-performance CD-Duplicator designed for both occasional and heavy-duty industrial users. According to the company, the CD Blaster II is a multiformat,...
New CDs from the McGraw-Hill Companies and Teton Data Systems
The McGraw-Hill Companies and Teton Data Systems have announced the release of Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 9th ed., a medical reference on CD-ROM. Teton Data Systems' Teton Viewer software provides instant access...
NewNet Announces Smart-Mail
NewsNet has announced the introduction of its interactive Web e-mail delivery product, NewsNet Smart-mail. NewsNet Smart-mail is available for all NewsNet on the Web subscribers who use Netscape e-mail, or any other mail reader that fully supports HTML...
NewsNet Announces Smart-Mail
NewsNet has announced the introduction of its interactive Web e-mail delivery product, NewsNet Smart-mail. NewsNet Smart-mail is available for all NewsNet on the Web subscribers who use Netscape e-mail, or any other mail reader that fully supports...
OCLC, Academic Book Center, SOLINET to Provide Automated Collection and Technical Services to New Flordia University
OCLC, Academic Book Center, and the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) will provide automated collection and technical services to the library at the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Florida's lOth and newest state university, which is scheduled...
OCLC, Academic Book Center, SOLINET to Provide Automated Collection and Technical Services to New Florida University
OCLC, Academic Book Center, and the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) will provide automated collection and technical services to the library at the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Florida's 10th and newest state university, which is scheduled...
OCLC FirstSearch Base Packages Expand
OCLC has expanded the number of databases available through the OCLC FirstSearch service Base Package subscriptions. In January, libraries subscribing to the Base Package for individual institutions began receiving access to OCLC NetFirst, FactSearch,...
OCLC Releases ILL Micro Enhancer for Windows
OCLC has released its Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer for Windows software, which offers all of the functionality of the DOS-based ILL ME Plus with added features and the advantages of the Windows environment. ILL ME for Windows was designed...
Orys Press CD-ROM Offers Impartial Exploration of the Issues Surrounding Reproductive Rights
The Oryx Press has announced its latest CD-ROM release, Abortion and Reproductive Rights: A Comprehensive Guide to Medicine, Ethics and the Law, edited by J. Douglas Butler. Oryx calls this CD an impartial exploration of medical, ethical, and legal issues...
Oryx Press CD-ROM Offers Impartial Exploration of the Issues Surrounding Reproductive Rights
The Oryx Press has announced its latest CD-ROM release, Abortion and Reproductive Rights: A Comprehensive Guide to Medicine, Ethics and the Law, edited by J. Douglas Butler. Oryx calls this CD an impartial exploration of medical, ethical, and legal...
PALINET Establishes a SilverPlatter ERL Server
PALINET, a nonprofit library network in the mid-atlantic region, has arranged with SilverPlatter Information, Inc. to establish an Electronic Reference Library (ERL) server that will enable PALINET's member libraries to access databases published...
Physicians and Consumers Benefit from New Health-Related Web Sites
Health- and health-care-related sites are popping up on the Internet like daffodils in the spring. Physicians and other health practitioners can now gain easy Web access to vast medical-information resources. At other sites, consumers can learn about...
PRS' International Country Risk Guide Added to Investext Database
The Investext Group has added Political Risk Services' (PRS) International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) to the Investext database, which provides researchers with direct access to PRS's financial, economic, and political intelligence for over 130 international...
PRS's International Country Risk Guide Added to Investext Database
The Investext Group has added Political Risk Services' (PRS) International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) to the Investext database, which provides researchers with direct access to PRS's financial, economic, and political intelligence for over 130 international...
Searching for Images on the Web
Searching for "information" usually implies searching for textual information. Generally speaking, for example, a textbook on information retrieval will probably discuss the principles and methods of retrieving text. A course on database searching is...
Searching for Images on the Web; Search Software Solutions Now Exist to Help Locate Image and Audio Files
Searching for "information" usually implies searching for textual information. Generally speaking, for example, a textbook on information retrieval will probably discuss the principles and methods of retrieving text. A course on database searching...
Seven New Top-Level Domain Names for Internet Addresses to Be Provided
Under a plan recently announced by the Internet Society's International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC), a coalition of participants from the broad Internet community, working to satisfy the requirement for enhancements to the Internet's global Domain Name...
Sony Unveils New MMX PCs; Will Release DVD-ROM-Equipped PCs, 17-Inch Monitor
Sony Electronics has announced the release of two new home PCs: the PCV-and 100 PCV-120. Each system will utilize Intel's MMX technology and ATI's Rage 11 3-D graphics chip, both of which provide enhanced processor efficiency for multimedia applications....
The Digital Versatile Disc: If You Build It, Will They Come?
Last month I predicted that the information industry will not wait to start publishing Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) titles until all the hardware manufacturers, members of the DVD Consortium, and the various interest groups agree on a standard implementation...
The Foundation Center Launches Electronic Reference Desk on the Web
The Foundation Center, a leading publisher and information provider on foundations and their grants, has launched its new Electronic Reference Desk at its World Wide Web site (http://fdncen ter.org). At the site, a professional librarian is available...
The Investext Group Launches Industry Insider
The Investext Group, an online provider of investment research and market intelligence to the international business community, has introduced Industry Insider, an electronic collection of trade association research and analysis on CD-ROM. Industry...
The Library Corporation Unbundles ITS for Windows
The Library Corporation (TLC), a developer of library automation and information systems, has announced that libraries can now license the company's popular ITS for Windows software for as little as $395 per year. Normally bundled with TLC's BiblioFile...
The Onslaught of Internet Resources
Is there an iota of doubt in your mind that keeping up with everything that's happening on the Internet is an impossible task? Heck, there are people like me who try to do this for a living, and most of us are completely overwhelmed, which means that...
The Onslaught of Internet Resources; Strategies for Keeping Up with Information Can B Applied to the Net
Is there an iota of doubt in your mind that keeping up with everything that's happening on the Internet is an impossible task? Heck, there are people like me who try to do this for a living, and most of us are completely overwhelmed, which means that...
The Wall Street Journal Meets the Web
The Wall Street Journal on the Web? The serious, rather staid, definitely unfrivolous, staunchly black-andwhite newspaper in the chaotic, mediadrenched, "hey, dude" culture of the Web? But there it is at wsj.com, The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition....
The Wall Street Journal Meets the Web; WSJIE Has Managed to Keep Traditional WSJ Values While Adding Web Zing
The Wall Street Journal on the Web? he serious, rather staid, definitely unfrivolous, staunchly black-and-white newspaper in the chaotic, media-drenched, "hey, dude" culture of the Web? But there it is at wsj.com, The Wall Street Journal Interactive...
Thomson & Thomson Introduces Web-Based Intellectual Property Research Service
Thomson & Thomson (T&T), a leader in trademark and copyright services, has introduced a new intellectual property research service, It is available at http://www.thomson-thomson.com. "In today's competitive business environment, the demand...
Todd Enterprises Announces OPTI-NET 6.0 for Windows NT
Todd Enterprises, a manufacturer of network-based CD-ROM-sharing software, has announced the release of OPTINET 6.0, a network CD-ROM-access solution for Windows NT. According to the company, the OPTI-NET software manages all CD data as a standard...
Top-Quality Sites for Serious Scientists
One of the great attractions of the Web is its appeal to first-time publishers who can set up a site at little expense. Unfortunately, it is often one of the Web's major downfalls, too. The number of Web sites that claim to cater to scientists-whether...
Top-Quality Sites for Serious Scientists; Publishers Are Bringing Authoritative Content to the Web
One of the great attractions of the Web is its appeal to first-time publishers who can set up a site at little expense. Unfortunately, it is often one of the Web's major downfalls, too. The number of Web sites that claim to cater to scientists --...
UMI Develops Digital Library of Dissertations
UMI has announced the development of a digital library of doctoral dissertations and masters' theses that will be accessible by the second quarter of this year. The new digital library, known as ProQuest Digital Dissertations, will be created...
WG&L Releases New CD Guides
Warren, Gorham & Lamont (WG&L), a division of the Thomson Corp.'s RIA Group, has announced the release of three new CD-ROMs: SEC Compliance Advisor, SEC Compliance Guide, and GAAP Practice Guide. Each of these products consists of several...
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